The younger Monegasque driver was streets forward of the competitors, ending greater than seven-tenths of a second forward of Vettel and Lewis Hamilton in third.
Ferrari is with no Grand Prix win within the 12 races up to now this season — with a very dominant Mercedes successful 10 of these — and it has been the Purple Bull of Max Verstappen that has supplied Mercedes’ greatest problem in current weeks.
“It felt good, the primary sector wasn’t fairly what we wished, however from the second nook onwards we had been very sturdy and it felt wonderful,” Leclerc informed Sky Sports activities. “We have to work on our race tempo a bit, however I believe we needs to be sturdy tomorrow.”
Regardless of Ferrari’s success, extra questions are prone to be requested of Vettel’s efficiency and the way the four-time world champion completed up to now behind his junior teammate.
It has now been greater than a 12 months because the German received a race, coming this time final season at Spa, although regardless of admitting his last qualifying laps had been a “mess” he nonetheless pipped Hamilton to second place by simply zero.015 seconds.
It was a chaotic qualifying session that noticed drivers queuing as much as begin their flying laps and at one stage, Hamilton needed to brake sharply to keep away from swerving into the again of teammate Valtteri Bottas.
“In the long run it is good we secured the primary row,” Vettel informed Sky Sports activities. “I used to be within the queue which does not assist however no excuses, we look ahead to the race tomorrow and we’ve good tempo within the automobile — it was a lot better at this time.”
That Hamilton was even in a position to compete on Saturday was a miracle in itself, after a giant crash within the last observe session left his automobile closely broken and in want of great repairs.
The Brit paid tribute to the workforce in his storage that managed to get his automobile race prepared so rapidly.
“FP3 (third observe) was a horrible session for me and naturally it is painful as a result of you understand how many labored to construct these elements and who many individuals put the automobile collectively,” Hamilton informed Sky Sports activities.
“However my guys again within the storage are faultless, all the time give 100% and I am so grateful to them for getting me again out right here. I used to be making an attempt to pay them again with an excellent qualifying session,” he mentioned.
He added: “Ferrari have executed an excellent job at this time however I hope we will carry the battle to them tomorrow.”
It is the second time this season Ferrari has had a entrance row lockout; in Bahrain, Leclerc was denied sure victory when his automobile misplaced energy with only a few laps remaining.
The 21-year-old might be hoping the third time is the allure as he bids for a first-ever Grand Prix win in Components One.